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What’s Your Quotation Quotient?#460

Published January 31, 2016 at Montereyherald.com/lifestyle (Click HERE to play the Interactive version)


 

1. “A bank is a place that will lend you money if you can prove that you don’t need it.”

 

A. Bob Hope

B. Elizabeth Warren

C. J. P. Morgan

 

2.  “Cynicism is an unpleasant way of saying the truth.”

 

A. Peyton Manning

B. Norman Rockwell

C. Lillian Hellman

 

3. “Democracy means government by the uneducated, while aristocracy means government by the badly educated.”

 

A. G. K. Chesterton

B. Chris Christie

C. Carol Burnett

 

4. “I looked around at the little fishes present and said, ‘I’m the Kingfish.'”

 

A. Martin Luther King

B. Huey Long

C. Donald Trump

 

5. “If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you’ll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don’t feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth.”

 

A. Holden Caulfield

B. David Copperfield

C. Huckleberry Finn

 

6. “All I need to make a comedy is a park, a policeman, and a pretty girl.”

 

A. Alfred Hitchcock

B. Charlie Chaplin

C. Jerry Seinfeld

 

7. “One lawyer with a briefcase can steal more than a hundred men with guns …”

 

A. Mario Andretti

B. Mario Cuomo

C. Mario Puzo

 

8. “A little integrity is better than any career.”

 

A. Ralph Waldo Emerson

B. Bernie Madoff

C. Confucius

 

9. “Once you begin to take yourself seriously as a leader or as a follower, as a modern or as a conservative, then you become a self-conscious, biting, and scratching little animal whose work is not of the slightest value or importance to anybody.”

 

A. Georgia O’Keeffe

B. Virginia Woolf

C. Dakota Fanning

 

10. “Life is like a sewer… what you get out of it depends on what you put into it.”

 

A. Art Carney

B. Dwight Eisenhower

C. Tom Lehrer

 

 

Answers: 1-A, 2-C , 3-A , 4-B , 5-A , 6-B , 7-C , 8-A , 9-B , 10-C

 

Scoring:               10–QQQQ = Quote-Master   

(number correct)        8-9–QQQ = Scholar                       

                                   6-7–QQ = Literate

                                  4-5–Q = Semi-Literate

                                 0-3–No Q = Quote-Dunce

 

 

BONUS QUOTE:

“My life is spent in perpetual alternation between two rhythms, the rhythm of attracting people for fear I may be lonely and the rhythm of trying to get rid of them because I know that I am bored.”

–C. E. M. Joad, 1891-1953, was a British philosopher, educator, and radio personality.

 

 

 

 

 

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What’s Your Quotation Quotient? #455

Published December 20, 2015 at Montereyherald.com/lifestyle (Click HERE to play the Interactive version)


 

1. “Christmas begins about the first of December with an office party and ends when you finally realize what you spent, around April fifteenth of the next year.”

 

A. P. J. O’Rourke

B. Wolf Blitzer

C. H & R Block

 

2. “I want to be read by people who feel like reading my books. Not by celebrity collectors.”

 

A. Bill O’Reilly

B. William Shakespeare

C. John-Paul Sartre

 

3. “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”

 

A. Stephen A. Douglas

B. Frederick Douglass

C. Kirk Douglas

 

4. “Any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.”

 

A. John Donne

B. Quasimodo

C. Rod Stewart

 

5. “One thing I learned from drinking is that if you ever go Christmas caroling, you should go with a group of people. And also go in mid-December.”

 

A. Louis XIV

B. Louis Armstrong

C. Louis C.K.

 

6. “My constituency is the desperate, the damned, the disinherited, the disrespected and the despised.”

 

A. Jesse Jackson

B. Mike Huckabee

C. Darth Vader

 

7. “It takes your enemy and your friend, working together, to hurt you to the heart: the one to slander you and the other to get the news to you.”

 

A. Ron Howard

B. Mark Twain

C. Walter Cronkite

 

8. “We take care of our health, we lay up money, we make our roof tight and our clothing sufficient, but who provides wisely that he shall not be wanting the best property of all — friends?”

 

A. Jennifer Aniston

B. Saddam Hussein

C. Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

9. “Exaggeration is truth that has lost its temper.”

 

A. Kahlil Gibran

B. Sigmund Freud

C. Rudy Giuliani

 

10. “The two most joyous times of the year are Christmas morning and the end of school.”

 

A. Alice Liddell

B. Alice Cooper

C. Alice B. Toklas

 

 

Answers: 1-A, 2-C , 3-B , 4-A , 5-C , 6-A , 7-B , 8-C , 9-A , 10-B

 

Scoring:               10–QQQQ = Quote-Master   

(number correct)        8-9–QQQ = Scholar                       

                                   6-7–QQ = Literate

                                  4-5–Q = Semi-Literate

                                 0-3–No Q = Quote-Dunce

 

 

BONUS QUOTE:

“Christmas gift suggestions: To your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect.”

– Oren Arnold, 1900-1980,was an Arizona editor and writer.

 

 

 

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What’s Your Quotation Quotient? #436

Published August 9, 2015 at Montereyherald.com/lifestyle (Interactive version)


 

1. “The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.”

 

A. Milton Friedman

B. Friedrich Nietzsche

C. Sitting Bull

 

2. “Everybody’s got to believe in something. I believe I’ll have another beer.”

 

A. Deepak Chopra

B. Joseph Coors

C. W.C. Fields

 

3. “It is not length of Life, but depth of life.”

 

A. Ralph Waldo Emerson

B. James Cameron

C. Raúl Castro

 

4. “I have strong feelings about gun control. If there’s a gun around, I want to be controlling it.”

 

A. John Dillinger

B. Jimmy Carter

C. Clint Eastwood

 

5. “Anybody can become angry, that is easy; but to be angry with the right person, and to the right degree, and at the right time, for the right purpose, and in the right way, that is not within everybody’s power and is not easy.”

 

A. Al Jolson

B. Aristotle

C. Harry Potter

 

6. “This recipe is certainly silly. It says to separate two eggs, but it doesn’t say how far to separate them.”

A. Gracie Allen

B. Stephen Hawking

C. Amy Schumer

 

7. “To be a human being is to be in a state of tension between your appetites and your dreams, and the social realities around you and your obligations to your fellow man.”

 

A. John Wayne

B. John Oliver

C. John Updike

 

8. “You know that place between sleep and awake, that place where you still remember dreaming? That’s where I’ll always love you. That’s where I’ll be waiting.”

 

A. Peter Pan

B. Pocahontas

C. Aladdin

 

9. “Every day people are straying away from the church and back to God.”

 

A. Emily Dickinson

B. Joel Osteen

C. Lenny Bruce

 

10. “The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense.”

 

A. Tom Brady

B. Tom Clancy

C. Tom Cruise

 

Answers: 1-B, 2-C , 3-A , 4-C , 5-B , 6-A , 7-C , 8-A , 9-C , 10-B

 

Scoring:               10–QQQQ = Quote-Master   

(number correct)        8-9–QQQ = Scholar                       

                                   6-7–QQ = Literate

                                  4-5–Q = Semi-Literate

                                 0-3–No Q = Quote-Dunce

 

 

BONUS QUOTE:

“Whatever women do they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily, this is not difficult.”

—Charlotte Whitton, 1896-1975, was the first female mayor of a major city in Canada (Ottowa).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What’s Your Quotient Quotient? #428

Published June 5-7, 2015 at Montereyherald.com/lifestyle (Interactive version)


1. “Your soul is oftentimes a battlefield, upon your reason and your

judgment wage war against your passion and your appetite.”

A. Pat Benatar

B. Douglas MacArthur

C. Kahlil Gibran

2. “I think we dream so we don’t have to be apart so long. If we’re in each other’s dreams, we can play together all night.”

A. Calvin and Hobbes

B. Peanuts

C. Romeo and Juliet

3. “Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.”

A. George Bernard Shaw

B. Spiro Agnew

C. Patrick Henry

4. “Ah, my poor countrymen! Yankees and Dollars have such inextricable association that the words ought to rhyme.”

A. Ralph Nader

B. Ralph Waldo Emerson

C. Ralph Kramden

5. “Concern for the man himself and his fate must always form the chief interest of all technical endeavors….Never forget this in the midst of your diagrams and equations.”

A. Stephen Hawking

B. Britney Spears

C. Albert Einstein

6. “There was a little girl,/  Who had a little curl,/  Right in the middle of her forehead./  When she was good,/  She was very good indeed,/  But when she was bad she was horrid.”

A. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

B. John Oliver

C. Daddy Warbucks

7. “I never found a companion that was so companionable as solitude.”

A. Sir Isaac Newton

B. Henry David Thoreau

C. Donald Trump

8. “Fire is the Sun unwinding from the tree’s log… When the log fire pop-sparks, it is letting go a very sunny day long ago, and doing so in a hurry.”

A. R. Buckminster Fuller

B. Galileo

C. Morley Safer

9. “Throw your dreams into space like a kite, and you do not know what it will bring back, a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country.”

A. Walt Disney

B. Anais Nin

C. Harry S. Truman

10. “The first symptom of true love in a man is timidity, in a young woman, boldness.”

A. Victor Hugo

B. Serena Williams

C. Mahatma Gandhi

Answers: 1-C, 2-A , 3-A , 4-B , 5-C , 6-A , 7-B , 8-A , 9-B , 10-A

Scoring:               10–QQQQ = Quote-Master    

(number correct)        8-9–QQQ = Scholar                       

                                   6-7–QQ = Literate

                                  4-5–Q = Semi-Literate

                                 0-3–No Q = Quote-Dunce

BONUS QUOTE:

“We rarely think people have good sense unless they agree with us.”

–François de La Rochefoucauld, 1613-1680, was a French author of maxims and memoirs.

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